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President,Research Paper (DwightDavid "Ike" Eisenhower)
DwightD. Eisenhower, General of the Army and the 34th President of theUnited States, was not only a pivotal technician in the art ofleadership but also a remarkable soldier. He was the first Americanleader to send the American troops to the Vietnam as advice-givers.He also commenced the space race, and he was also credited withdealing with ever-growing civil rights issues (Gilbert 50). Thispaper covers the president’s history, his life when growing up, histime in office as well as his political life before becoming apresident.
DwightD. Eisenhower ‘Growing up Life’
Hewas born in Dennison town, Texas, United States on 14thOctober 1890 and raised in Abilene,Kansas. He was the third son to his parents, David Jacob Eisenhowerand Ida Stover Eisenhower among seven siblings. Eisenhowergraduated from Abilene High School in 1909. For two years he did oddjobs, after which, he was appointed to the Naval Academy atAnnapolis. However, in 1910, he received an appointmentto West Point where he passed his entry exams in 1911. Hisexceptional ability amazed many despite being an average student atthe academy and graduated in 1915. He married Mamie Geneva Doud in1916 that he metwhile stationed in Texas as a second lieutenantand they had two sons (Gilbert 59).
PoliticalLife before Becoming the President
Hisroad to presidency was characterized by his exceptional leadershipskills. He became captain in 1917 and due to his excellentorganizational skills he was sent to Camp Colt. He was later awardedthe Distinguished Service Medal. In 1926 he received the honor ofbest student and later graduated in 1928 at the Army War College.From 1932 -1939 he did the task of building and training aPhilippines army in Manila. He became brigadier general in 1941 andwas placed in charge of the War Plans Division, based in Washington,D.C. In 1942 he was placed in command of the invasion of NorthAmerica and later became Supreme Allied Commander for the invasion ofNormandy in 1944 (Britton32).
Hebecame president of New York City’s Columbia University in 1948. In1950 President Harry S. Truman asked him to take command of the newNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) forces in Europe. In 1952leading Republicans persuaded him to run for presidency. After mixedresults in primary elections against the Republican opponent, SenatorRobert Taft from Ohio, Eisenhower resigned from his position in theArmy and in turn returned from his NATO base. This change occurredaround June 1952. The following month, ‘July’, at the party’snational convention, he overpowered Adlai Stevenson, in the long runbecoming 34th President of the United States (Darby46).
DwightD. Eisenhower Time in the Office
Asthe U.S president, Eisenhower facilitated the strengthening of theestablished programs such as Social Security. He also helped inlaunching imperative programs/projects such as the ‘InterstateHighway System’ in 1956, which turned to become the largest publicworks program in U.S. history. Although he signed civil rightslegislation in 1957 and 1960, he hated the idea of dealing with‘racial issues’. He never recommended the ruling from the SupremeCourt’s in 1954, ‘Brownv. Board of Education(Kansas)’. In 1958 he placed emphasis on nuclear strength. TheSoviet shooting of a U.S. U-2 reconnaissance plane in May 1960 ruinedhis hopes for a treaty before he left office in January 1961(Griffith 87).
Insummary, he always believed in fighting for what was right and servedhis country throughout his life. He was greatly approved throughouthis administration. He died on 28thmarch 1961 after a long illness. His patriotism and trustworthy makeshim to be remembered as one of history’s most popular leaders inthe history of the United States.
Britton,Tamara L. DwightD. Eisenhower.Edina, Minn: ABDO Pub. Co, 2009. Internet resource.
Darby,Jean. DwightD. Eisenhower: A Man Called Ike.Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1989. Print.
Griffith,Robert. "Dwight D. Eisenhower And The CorporateCommonwealth." AmericanHistorical Review 87.1(1982): 87.Professional Development Collection. Web. 21 Mar. 2015.
Gilbert,Robert E. "Dwight D. Eisenhower: The Call Of Duty And The LoveOf Applause." JournalOf Psychohistory 38.1(2010): 49-70. AcademicSearch Premier.Web. 21Mar.2015.